Provinces are increasing spending by up to three times to establish full-day kindergarten for all students. Is this money well spent in terms of raising more intelligent youth?
“Yes,” says Ontario’s former Minister of Education Leona Dombrowsky. Early learning translates to early triumphs, which will have long-term implications. “When children experience success at a primary level, they’re more likely to have success later in life,” says Dombrowsky. A full-day early learning environment also makes it easier to identify potential problems so children can get the help they need. When challenges such as English as a Second Language (ESL) and learning disabilities are identified early, children have a better chance of overcoming set backs and achieving success.